Body found in rammed French trawler wreck

12th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

FALMOUTH, England, July 10 (AFP) - The body of a French trawler crewman missing following an apparent collision off the coast of southwest England was recovered Saturday after his stricken boat was raised to the surface.

FALMOUTH, England, July 10 (AFP) - The body of a French trawler crewman missing following an apparent collision off the coast of southwest England was recovered Saturday after his stricken boat was raised to the surface.

However the bodies of two more crew members missing since the Bugaled Breizh trawler disappeared in January have not yet been found, the local fishing committee in the boat's home port of Guilvinec, Brittany, said.

A search of the interior of the stricken ship had now been completed, Robert Bougueon, president of the committee, told AFP.

The recovered body, which has yet to be identified, will be taken to a military base in the port of Brest, western France.

Earlier in the day the Bugaled Breizh was raised using a recovery boat and supported on the surface using floatation tanks and cables.

The bodies of two of the five French crew members were recovered soon after the accident off Lizard Point in south western England, when the boat was believed to have been hit by a container ship.

An AFP photographer at the scene reported that no damage was visible on the Bugaled Breizh, but one side of the hull was obscured as it was resting against the recovery ship.

The wreckage will be taken to the military base in Brest where experts are expected to be able to examine it next week.

The operation to recover the fishing boat had been postponed on Wednesday and Thursday due to bad weather.

The ship which struck the trawler on January 15 has never been identified.

In March French police officers, accompanied by Chinese police, examined the Philippine-flagged Seattle Trader freighter suspected of a possible role in the sinking of the trawler.

An examination, in southern China, of the freighter's paint-work subsequently ruled it out of the investigation.

 

© AFP

 

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